• must eat in this lifetime: curly’s open faced turkey sandwich

    October 16th, 2010quarrygirlmore restaurants (not LA), NYC

    a couple weeks ago we told you about ten must-eat food items in the LA vegan bucket list…and today i am gonna tell you about a dish you need to add to your lifetime vegan bucket list: the open-faced turkey sandwich at curly’s vegetarian lunch in nyc.

    open faced turkey sandwich: sage and garlic rubbed soy fillet over corn bread stuffing and toasted rye, napped with gravy and served with cranberry dressing and greens. $11.95

    we have written about this sandwich before, and after eating it for a second time recently, i can without a doubt say that it’s one of the best (if not the best) dishes i’ve ever had. if i could choose one last meal on the planet, this would definitely be it.

    curly’s vegetarian lunch is a great little new york diner with an entirely meat-free, all-american menu on which every item can be made vegan. i have heard from friends that some of the dishes can be hit or miss, but i will never know if that’s true because i intend to order the open-faced turkey sandwich EVERY TIME i eat there. to call this thing a “sandwich” doesn’t do it justice. it’s more like a sandwich on steroids with it’s greasy fried bread and mounds of thick seitan covered in deliciously creamy gravy. i’d say it’s enough to feed about 3 people, so be sure to arrive hungry.

    size isn’t all that makes this sandwich special though…every component of it is pretty much perfect. the seitan and gravy are both the best i’ve ever had, and the mock meat comes all mixed up with an incredibly rich and juicy stuffing. the bread it’s on is cooked and seasoned specially as well, and it’s served with an enormous side of sauteed greens and squash. mix all the ingredients up together for the best taste….i promise you, one bite of this thing and you will be hooked.

    next time you are in NYC, you MUST VISIT CURLY’S, and YOU MUST order the open-faced turkey sandwich. and if you don’t have plans to be in NYC anytime soon, this meal alone is worth the plane fare.

    curly’s vegetarian lunch
    328 e. 14th st.
    New York, NY 10003
    (212) 598-9998

    PS: curly’s totally has healthy stuff too! and it’s great! look:

    vegetable plate: five steamed or grilled vegetables with grain, beans and mushroom gravy and a side salad. $11.95

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  • I was only somewhat critical that you didn’t get the buffalo chik’n on Kates. I’m moderately to severely critical that you didn’t get the crabfakes at Curly’s. Walk around the city, get hungry, go back and order. Admittedly I’ve never had the turkey sandwich. I promise I’ll get it next time I’m there…but please please please get the crabfakes.

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Looks good 😀

  • I’ve had that sandwich twice, and each time it was very good and very filly. Rock on, Curly!

  • Wow..yumm…haven’t visited my vegan sister in NY yet…but this sandwich may be the cause of that trip. And your descriptive words don’t help. Had my mouth watering…and the greens mixed with squash…sounds like perfect combo…best of both worlds…I can taste it now

  • OMG there are other things to get at Curly’s besides their buffalo not-chicken? 😀 We also had choc-chili pancakes for brunch there, and disco fries, and sangria, and I am still drooling thinking about it 😀 Must try this next time, I love Thanksgiving dinner all year round 🙂

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